Our Spring 2021 Friday Enrichment Day takes place in the pavilions at Chandler Park from 11:00 – 3:00, Fridays March 26th – May 28th.
Our Scholars (7th Grade – High School) will have a fun day full of learning on Fridays, participating in two elective periods plus our co-op wide literature period. See schedule and class descriptions below.
Parents of 4th graders and up may drop off, but we do want you to understand that you might be needed one day per semester to serve as a substitute if one of our teachers is absent. (We are often looking for people to teach classes, so please let us know if you have an interest or talent you would like to share with our students during a future semester.)
11:00 – 11:15 – Check-In (Students who would like a little more time to socialize before we get started may be dropped off as early as 10:45.)
11:15 – 11:30 – Short Assembly/Announcements
11:30 – 12:30 – First Elective Period – Scholars may choose Junior Achievement – Economics for Success, D&D Club, or Readers’ Theatre. See class descriptions below. (Older students may also join the Trailblazers in Adventure Club, but that class will be geared toward the younger students, and older students may be asked to assist younger students in some activities.)
12:30 – 1:15 – Lunch and Social Time
1:15 – 2:00 -Literature – What’s So Funny? (7th graders may choose What’s So Funny? or Storyworks.)
2:00 – 3:00 – Second Elective Period – Scholars may choose Biology or Creativity Club. See class descriptions below.
Parents arrive for pick up at 3:00. Students who would like may stay afterward (under parent supervision) to socialize or play on the playground.
Friday Class Descriptions – Scholars
1st Period Choices:
Junior Achievement -Economics for Success – 7th Grade – High School
JA Economics for Success lays bare for students the heart of a successful economic life: choosing the right career and managing money properly. Following participation in the program, students will be able to explore their skills, interests, values, and the world of work to make informed education, career, and life decisions. The program also will expand their knowledge of personal finance—including smart budgeting, wise credit use, and minimizing financial risk—so they can apply strong financial management skills regardless of their income.
Cost: extra $30 for materials
Instructor: Anne Brooks, THA Leadership Team, THA mom of two
D&D Club – 4th Grade – High School
Facilitators: THA High School students will lead this group, under the supervision of the leadership team.
Cost: Included in $110 per student Friday Enrichment Day Fee
This club, open to both new and experienced players, is for students who want to spend this class period playing D&D.
Readers’ Theatre – 4th Grade – High School
Cost: Included in $110 per student Friday Enrichment Day Fee
Instructor: Jessica Paul, certified and experienced elementary teacher, THA mom of two
Readers’ Theatre gives students a chance to collaborate with peers while improving reading fluency and providing an opportunity to become more comfortable speaking in front of a group. We will work together to bring a variety of scripts to life throughout the semester. Expect team building games, script practice and discussion, and tons of fun!
2nd Period – Literature:
What’s So Funny? – 7th Grade – High School (The stories read in this class will be high school level stories. 7th graders may choose this class or Storyworks.)
Cost: $16 will be added to invoice to cover the What’s So Funny anthology.
Facilitator: Sarah Koepp, Master of Arts in English Language and Literature, THA Leadership Team, THA mom of three
This will be a discussion-based class, using the book What’s So Funny?: Why Do We Need Humor? from the Junior Great Books Literature & Thought series. This anthology contains literature that challenges the reader, promotes critical thinking, and encourages independent exploration of themes and issues related to humor.
Storyworks – 4th – 7th Grade
Cost: extra $7 per student for Storyworks magazine. This will include a digital subscription to use at home and a print copy to use in class. (Print issues will be sent home with students after we are finished with them. )
Facilitator: Anna-Maria Lane, certified and experienced elementary and middle school teacher, THA Leadership Team, THA mom of three
In this class, we will read Scholastic’s Storyworks magazine, discuss, and complete related activities. Storyworks brings information, inspiration, and entertainment to middle grade students with engaging fiction, narrative nonfiction, poetry, informational texts, and plays geared toward the interests of students in this age group. Students may need to do 30 minutes of at home reading a week to prepare for class.
3rd Period Choices:
High School Biology – 7th Grade and Up (7th graders may join STEM Nature’s Way instead if they wish.)
Instructor: Forrest Mayer – Scientist, Educator, and Youth Speaker – email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions
Cost: extra $100 instructor fee
Forrest Mayer is excited to continue an exclusive deep dive course into the world of biology. In this 10 week program, Forrest will lead students on a deep dive into some of the concepts from the fall semester class. (Students who did not take Biology last semester may still join this semester.) This class is guaranteed to blow minds and to inspire lifelong learning in every student who attends!
Homework Expectations: Forrest recommends that students who want to get the most out of this class purchase the textbook Campbell’s Essential Biology, 6th Edition (green and blue with Florida thorn bug on the cover), available used on abebooks.com. Reading from the textbook is not required but is encouraged.
STEM Nature’s Way – 4th – 7th Grade (7th graders may choose Biology instead if they wish.)
Instructor: Naturally STEM’s Kim Watson, B.S. Biology, Dual Discipline M.A. in Education and Environmental Studies (specific focus on Environmental Education)
Cost: extra $100 (includes materials and instructor fee)
Interested in Physics? Ever wonder how a bobcat can leap in the air to pounce on its prey or how a snake slithers? Curious about chemistry? Ever wonder what kind of chemical reaction is in spider or snake venom or how skunks produce their nasty smell? Would you like to know how humans look to nature to find solutions to everyday problems? For example, did you know that observing cockleburs (those pesky plants that stick to you as you walk through the grass) led to the invention of Velcro? Join Ms. Kim and Naturally STEM in exploring STEM in a very unique, engaging, hands-on, and wild fashion with STEM Nature’s Way!
Creativity Club – 4th Grade – High School
Facilitators: THA Leadership Team and Parent Volunteers
Cost: Included in $110 per student Friday Enrichment Day fee
Creativity Club is exactly that – a club where students with a shared interest in creative pursuits gather to create alongside and encourage each other. Students can work on individual projects, or they can collaborate. They can practice their favorite form of creativity or explore new ones. Parent volunteers will be invited to share their creative pursuits with the group. Creativity Club’s intent is to foster a self-paced, self-determined, and nurturing space for creativity and friendships to thrive. If students desire, they could work together on planning an end of semester art show/creativity showcase.